The New York Jets' failures in 2014 were blamed largely on a lack of consistency at the quarterback position.
Geno Smith was in and out the team amongst growing criticism, whilst veteran Michael Vick failed to impress when he was given the chance to grab the starting role.
With Vick having departed, and Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie QB Bryce Petty having arrived at MetLife many were expecting a quarterback battle with Smith to ensue this preseason. A major development today however, suggests the team already know their starter for Week One.
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According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, the Jets are more than willing to role the dice with Geno Smith yet again for the 2015 NFL season.
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Smith's inconsistent 2014 campaign - a year that included one game (vs the Bills) of five yards and three interceptions as well as a 'perfect game' against the Dolphins - did little to convince the Jets faithful that he was the franchise's long term solution to the quarterback position.
Gailey, though, having only arrived at the Jets in January alongside new head coach Todd Bowles, has clearly seen enough in the time since to decide that Geno Smith will be entrusted with the starting spot for the third campaign running.
Many had expected the OTAs to involve either a two way QB battle (Smith vs Fitzpatrick) or three way contest (adding rookie Petty into the mix). Instead it appears Smith has the entire summer safe in the knowledge he has the position sown up.
This is certainly the first definitive message out of the new Jets coaching staff that they trust Geno Smith moving forward.
Of course, we all saw a very similar situation pan out this time last year under the previous staff. Then, Smith was heralded as the starter and was backed to shake of his inconsistencies to prosper.
In reality, we saw Smith start only 13 games and throw for only 2,527 yards. Although his interceptions dropped from 21 (2013) to 13 last season, this was largely due to the previous regime effectively restricting him to short offload passes and handoffs to the running backs as the season dwindled towards another disappointing end.
It remains to be seen how long Smith can keep hold of the starting job once the new NFL season gets underway in the Fall. For now, though, it is his to keep.
Jets fans: Do you want Geno Smith to start at quarterback, or is it time to move on? Let us know in the comments section below...
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